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BOXING—Italy's NINO BENVENUTI won his 185th straight bout (120 amateur, 65 professional) and retained his European middleweight championship when he scored a TKO over West Germany's Jupp Elze in 1:27 of the 14th round in Berlin. Benvenuti, who gained the welterweight title in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, also holds the world junior middleweight championship.
GOLF—CLIFFORD ANN CREED of Alexandria, La. took the lead in the second round and held it to win the $15,000 Dallas Civitan Open by seven strokes, with a one-over-par 285, over runner-up Judy Torluemke of St. Louis.
HARNESS RACING—BRET HANOVER ($2.10), driven by Frank Ervin, won his 47th of 50 starts with a 2�-length victory over Balenzano in a mile pace at Brandywine in Wilmington, Del.
HOCKEY—ROCHESTER won its second straight American Hockey League championship Calder Cup when it defeated Cleveland 3-2 on three first-period goals and took the best-of-seven playoff series 4-2. During the series the Amerks' goalie, Bob Perreault, shut out the Barons for 143 minutes 25 seconds—more than seven periods. MIKE WALTON, 21-year-old Rochester center who scored 35 goals and had 51 assists for the season, was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
Winner of the National Hockey League's rookie award—the Calder Memorial Trophy—was BRIT SELBY, Toronto's 21-year-old left wing from Kingston, Ont. Selby, who came to the Maple Leafs from the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association, scored 14 goals and had 13 assists in 61 games this season and drew only 26 minutes in penalties. He led the balloting with 98 points, eight ahead of Detroit Defenseman Bert Marshall.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Edward Lasker's INDULTO ($6.60), ridden by Johnny Rotz, won Aqueduct's Withers Mile by a nose over favored Creme dela Creme, previously unbeaten in six starts.
At Sportsman's Park in Chicago, MICHIGAN AVENUE ($5.80), owned by Frank C. Rand Jr. and ridden by Manuel Ycaza, scored his first stakes victory when he beat Abe's Hope by three-quarters of a length in the Illinois Derby.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, 26, of Nazareth, Pa., driving a Brabham-Ford, broke the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's one-lap record with a 166.328-mph run around the 2�-mile oval and the 10-mile qualifying mark for the 500 with an average of 165.899 mph (page 32). During a warmup for the trials CHUCK RODEE, a 38-year-old race car driver from Indianapolis who was well known on the U.S. Auto Club's midget and sprint circuits, was killed when his car crashed into a retaining wall.
Australia's JACK BRABHAM led all the way in his Brabham-Repco to win the International Formula I trophy race at Silverstone, England, by 7.4 seconds over Britain's John Surtees. Brabham, who won the Limburg Grand Prix for Formula IIs in Zolder, Belgium six days earlier, covered the 102.55-mile course in 52:57.6 for an average of 116.06 mph to break the track record (115.95 mph) set last year by Surtees, the 1964 world champion driver.
ROWING—HARVARD's unbeaten heavyweights won their 23rd straight intercollegiate race when they defeated Brown by a length on the 2,000-meter course on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. for the Eastern Sprints championship and Rowe Cup.